Graduation Success Rate Climbs

November 6, 2015
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The University of Minnesota announced that its student-athletes have posted a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 88 percent, continuing the long-term trend of GSR increases in Gopher Athletics.

The GSR is designed to show the proportion of student-athletes on any given team who earn a college degree. The report represents data from first-time freshmen, student-athletes who entered at midyear, and student-athletes who transferred into the University of Minnesota between 2005 and 2008. It excludes student-athletes who transfer from the University in good academic standing.

Since the NCAA began releasing Graduation Success Rate figures in 2005, Gopher Athletics has improved its GSR by 21 points. The 88 percent represents a two-point percentage increase and continued GSR improvement for Minnesota.

"Graduation rates are a top priority for the University of Minnesota and improving the rate at which our student-athletes graduate is our primary goal for the McNamara Academic Center staff, coaches, and athletic administration,” said J.T. Bruett, director of the McNamara Academic Center. “Our current NCAA graduation success rate is an indicator of what I see every day—student-athletes striving for and committed to excellence in the classroom."